Dave Godin was awarded NEPSAC’s Distinguished Service Award for the 2020-2021 academic year, an award given annually to a person who has contributed significantly to New England independent school athletics and physical education through enthusiasm, dedication, leadership, and vision. Dave is the second Suffield faculty member to receive this award, following Dennis Kinne in 2002-2003, who Dave named as his mentor in his award acceptance speech.
Dave has been a Suffield Academy faculty member since 1980—his first job out of college. While at Suffield Dave has coached basketball, football, and lacrosse, and was the head varsity boys’ basketball coach for 19 years (from 1989-2008), winning the Class B New England championship in 1993. He succeeded Dennis Kinne as athletic director in 2001 and held the position for nine years. Dave has taught math since he began his career, and he served as Suffield’s dean of students and assistant business director. Dave was the first president of the NEPSAC boys’ basketball coaches association and has been very active in NEPSAC during his tenure, serving as District 4 treasurer, vice president, and president, NEPSAC president from 2011-12, and a member of the executive board.